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30, rue du Bourg-Tibourg (4th Arr.)
(33) 01-42-72-28-11 | www.mariagefreres.com
HOURSDaily: Lunch: 12:00pm-3:00pm; Salon de The: 3:00pm-7:00pm; Tea Emporium and Museum: 10:00am-7:30pm
BEST FORAfternoon tea; lunch
YEAR OPENED1854 (renovated in 1986)
PRICE (POT OF TEA; AFTERNOON TEA; PASTRIES AND DESSERTS)EUR 10+; EUR 18-34; EUR 9-15
FAMOUS PLATESTea; pastries and desserts
DRINKS AND WINESpecialty teas; fruit juices
# OF SEATS50-75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
METROHotel de Ville; Saint-Paul
This elegant tea salon started by the Mariage brothers (or frères, if you will) in the 19th century transports its guests to the heady colonial days when tea was an exotic commodity harvested in distant lands via its colonial-style ambiance (think wicker furniture, potted palms, and mysterious tea canisters crammed onto antique shelves). Following the complicated rules of the French “Art du Thé” (infusion time and temperature are key here), the house of Mariage offers delicately infused brews from some of the world’s most prestigious tea plantations, all served by knowledgeable waiters in spotless white jackets. For those who like to nibble as they sip, there’s a menu of lunchtime light bites and afternoon cakes and pastries.
A mixture of tea snobs, well-heeled locals, and tourists.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
An effortlessly elegant yet casual look.
GO HERE WITH
Tea aficionados; friends; your mom; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s a lovely, atmospheric spot for an afternoon tea snack or light lunch. We like browsing the attached tea boutique for souvenirs afterwards.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Meals are only served until 3:00pm, and the space is pretty cramped.
GOOD TO KNOW
There’s a museum of tea (displaying antique tea containers, paraphernalia, etc.) and a nifty tea boutique attached. Mariage Frères also has outlets in department stores Printemps, Bon Marché, and Galeries Lafayette.
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